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Talks : Djon Mundine

Saturday, 4 August, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Federation Hall, Victorian College of the Arts, Grant Street, Southbank

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Curator, activist and self-confessed ‘occasional artist’ Djon Mundine in conversation with one of Australia’s leading art historians Ian McLean. 2018 marks 30 years since Mundine was commissioning curator of one of Australia’s most significant public artworks, The Aboriginal Memorial comprising 200 hollow log coffins from Central Arnhem Land on permanent display at the National Gallery of Australia.


Djon Mundine OAM (birthdate undisclosed), member of the Bandjalung people of northern New South Wales, is a curator, writer, artist and activist. He has held prominent curatorial positions in many national and international institutions, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Queensland Art Gallery. He was the concept artist of the Aboriginal Memorial at the National Gallery of Australia in 1988. In 1993 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the promotion and development of Aboriginal arts, crafts and culture.  He is currently an independent curator of contemporary Indigenous art.


Ian McLean is the inaugural Hugh Ramsay Chair in Australian Art History and Acting Head of Australian Indigenous Studies in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. He was formerly the Research Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Wollongong. He has published extensively on Australian art and particularly Aboriginal art. His books include Arte Indigena Contemporaneo en AustralienHow Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary ArtWhite Aborigines Identity Politics in Australian Art, and Art of Gordon Bennett (with a chapter by Gordon Bennett).

Talks is presented in association with The University of Melbourne, Learning Partner of Melbourne Art Week.